A Cheesy New Year's Walk

Monday 1st January 2018

Well The Cheesy Walk attracted 5 walkers today, Sue being the only female to brave the elements. Starting from Stilton we headed towards Folksworth and Papley where we stopped, just before, for a coffee break. As the ground was quite waterlogged for much of the route we found a broken down brick wall to perch on. We headed for Papley, a deserted medieval village which is a very well documented site, and exhibits a variety of well preserved features including a moat and fishpond. The largely undisturbed earthworks are likely to preserve considerable archaeological evidence of occupation, including the remains of houses and other buildings. The moated site was also the location of a post medieval house with an associated garden, and the substantial earthworks around the moat provide unusual archaeological evidence concerning the incorporation of a medieval moat within a later garden feature.

It was mainly fields today, and muddy ones at that, but enjoyable all the same. On towards Lutton where signage alerted us to aggressive bees of which there was no sightings today thankfully and no luscious strawberries either from the PYO farm. Lunch was taken sitting on logs just outside of Denton and it was on with the waterproofs, thankfully the rain didn't really come to anything.

All Saints Church in Denton, was substantially rebuilt 1629–1671, but with 12th and 13th century elements; it was abandoned in the early 1960s and is currently in a ruinous state. However, the roofless church and tower remain grade II listed and occasional services and events are held within.

The golf course at Stilton was deserted apart from a lone dog spotted running around.

Post walk drinks were taken at The Bell with its lovely open roaring fire throwing out some welcome heat after our 10.9 mile hike.

Report – Sue

Walk rating – Average for around Peterborough

Pictures by Alan

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A pond is passed as we leave Stilton.

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These radio masts are a feature on the skyline.

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The church at Lutton.

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The ruined church at Denton.

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It is good for open air services.

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We walk around this hill as we return to Stilton.

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